Lectures and Discussions at Krannert Art Museum

Discussions & Lectures

Krannert Art Museum enriches the learning environment for students, faculty, families and visitors by providing opportunities to engage on important topics in the visual arts.

January  |  February  |  March  |  April

January 2016

Thursday, January 28
Opening Reception | Spring 2016 Exhibitions

Members' preview and reception · 5–6 pm
Public opening reception · 6–7 pm

Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome
to join us for an evening reception to celebrate the museum's fall season. The evening will begin with remarks at 6pm by Amy L. Powell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, as she introduces the East Gallery exhibition Time / Image.

Exhibitions also opening include:

  • Collage: Moving Beyond Paper
  • Collecting Photography
  • Spheres of Influence: African Vessels from the KAM Collection

Location: All Galleries [Map]

February 2016

Monday, February 22 · 5:30 pm
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecture | "New Jerusalem: Rembrandt, Amsterdam, and Religion"
Featuring Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania
Rembrandt van Rijn's remarkable diverse religious setting of 17th-century Amsterdam deeply affected his religious subjects in paintings and prints. In particular, the presence of an autonomous Jewish community informed his representations of the Bible, but there he made crucial distinctions between Old Testament and New Testament subjects and their messages.

Professor Silver studies painting and graphics of Northern Europe, particularly Germany and the Netherlands, during the era of Renaissance and Reformation. He has served as president of the College Art Association as well as of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, and was recently honored with the University’s Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence. Publications include Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain; The Essential Dürer; Rembrandt’s Faith; Marketing Maximilian; Peasant Scenes and Landscapes; Hieronymus Bosch; and a general survey, Art in History. He has organized a number of print exhibitions, among them Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian and Graven Images, dealing with professional engravers of the 16th-century Netherlands.

Raqs Media Collective, A Day Unregistered on the Richter Scale

Artist Residency
Featuring exhibiting artists Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta)
George A. Miller Visiting Artists
Additional sponsorship in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, the Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art, and Krannert Art Museum

February 24
Artist Talk | 5:30 pm

“Untimely Calendar”
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

February 25
Artist Performance | 5–9 pm

“Time Symposium”
Twelve participants from a variety of university departments gather in this physical installation in the exhibition Time / Image to drink wine and share stories about time. A feast for thought, participants read from sets of quotations on the history and philosophy of time, drawn from the artists’ extensive references throughout their work. This event follows previous iterations in London (Hayward Gallery, 2012), New York (Performa biennial, 2013), Mexico City (University Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015), and Brisbane (Institute of Modern Art, 2015). KAM will be the first US museum to stage this performance.
Location: KAM Main Level, East Gallery [Map]

March 2016

Wednesday, March 2 · 5:30 pm
Members' Night | The Art Detective Is In: Provenance Research at Krannert Art Museum
Hear from Nancy Caron Karrels, provenance researcher and Illinois Doctoral Fellow, about her research into the ownership histories of KAM’s collections and about the challenge of solving long-dormant art mysteries.
Reception follows the presentation; to attend, please RSVP to Chris Schaede (217 244 0516 or kam@illinois.edu) by Friday, February 26.
Please note, this is a private event for Museum Members only.
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Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium [Map]

Monday, March 7 · 5:30 pm
Scholar Lecture | "Urban Mobilities and the Panoramic Vision: Perspectives on Media Archaeology"
Featuring Erkki Huhtamo, professor in Design/Media Arts and Film, Television, and Digital Media, University of California Los Angeles
Sponsored in part by Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Art and Design, Illinois Theater, Department of History, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Museum Studies, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and Krannert Art Museum
Location: Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, Plym Auditorium (611 E. Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign)

Tuesday, March 8 · 5:30 pm
School of Art and Design Lecture | "Art, Design, and the Culture of Play: an Aspect of Japanese Media Art"
Featuring Machiko Kusahara, professor in the the School of Culture, Media, and Society, Waseda University, Tokyo and visiting scholar, Department of Design and Media Arts, University of California at Los Angeles
Machiko Kusahara’s research in media art, culture, and history addresses the play of meaning in design aesthetics, media, and tools. In this talk, she discusses her scholarly and curatorial perspective on “Device Art”, a concept that has emerged from the combination of Japanese traditional aesthetics and latest technology. Professor Kusahara reflects on the particular ways technologists and artists negotiate in bridging art and design in the age of digital reproduction technologies in a field of metastasizing disciplinary boundaries among art, design, technology, and pop culture in modern Japan.
Sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62) [Map]

Wednesday, March 9 · 12 noon
Research in Progress | Panorama at KAM
Krannert Art Museum is collaborating with guest curator Molly Briggs, instructor in the School of Art and Design and doctoral candidate in Landscape Architecture History and Theory, on an exhibition scheduled for Fall 2018 that focuses on the genre of moving panorama painting, an early predecessor to motion pictures.

For this event, KAM will unroll a portion of its fully intact moving panorama painting titled Scenes from the Life of Christ. Also on display will be a digital projection of the full 525-ft scrolling artwork, provisionally attributed to Indiana Quaker miniaturist and portraitist Marcus Mote. Briggs and Erkki Huhtamo will comment on the panorama painting as it is unrolled and give a brief talk about the genre.
Location: KAM Lower Level, Classroom Studio B (formerly CRL gallery) [Map]

April 2016

Tuesday, April 5 · 5:30 pm
Artist Talk | Andrea Geyer
Featuring exhibiting artist Andrea Geyer, associate professor of New Genres, Art, Media and Technology at Parsons: The New School for Design

Andrea Geyer stages what she calls “temporal translations,” which begin with extensive research on historical persona, texts, and ideas; among them indigenous dispossession of land in the southwestern United States (Spiral Lands, 2007-2009), Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem (Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb, 2009), Weimar Republic culture and politics (Comrades of Time, 2011), and the women who founded the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Insistence, 2013). Using photography, film, and performance with keen attention to language, Geyer guides the historical record into our present moment and takes up forgotten or discarded historical methodologies, making unexpected and politically-charged alignments between past and present.

Geyer’s video Insistence and series photographs Comrades of Time are on view in the group exhibition Time / Image.
Sponsored in part by Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Fund, and Krannert Art Museum
Location: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (room 62)[Map]

Friday, April 29 · 12 noon
Spring Luncheon and Lecture | Maureen Warren
Not Just a Pretty Face: Printed Portraits and the Legacy of Anthony van Dyck
Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American Art at KAM, will explore the contribution of Anthony van Dyck and other artists to the genre of printed portraiture by providing an overview of the exhibition she co-curated, “Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print,” which runs March 5th to August 7th at the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, the talk will highlight many of the fine portrait prints held at the Krannert Art Museum, including works from the 17th to the 20th century.
Public invited; reservations and advance payment are required
Location: Champaign Country Club
Please contact Chris Schaede at 217-244-0516 or email kam@illinois.edu for reservation information.
This event is sponsored by the Krannert Art Museum Council

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François Proulx, assistant professor of French, discusses Marcel Proust during the Attachment Gallery Conversation
Fall 2015
Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly

Raqs Media Collective
An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale
Single-channel video of colored and animated archival photograph
3:34 minutes, looped Courtesy of the artists and Frith Street Gallery